Education and Training

WV Brazelton Touchpoints Training

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has certified the IMPACT WV program at the CED as a Brazelton Touchpoints Training Site to make training opportunities available to the state’s community of family-facing providers. Offering the new trainings will help support West Virginia families in recovery and their children who have experienced prenatal exposure. 

Participants can enroll in Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement in the Context of Substance Use Disorder

Touchpoints Parenting Group - coming soon!

What is it?


“It has been an incredible learning experience to participate in the Brazelton Touchpoints training. Because the training modules are set up to include both lecture and hands-on time, I am able to practice consistently implementing the Touchpoints Tools."

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strengths-based, collaborative family-provider partnerships in service of strong, healthy family-child relationships from before birth throughout early childhood. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has collaborated with IMPACT WV to make training opportunities like this one available to our state’s community of family-facing providers.  These Touchpoints trainings offer participants a strength-based approach to support parents of infants and young children using guiding principles as relationship-based practices and compassionate assumptions as strengths-based attitudes. 

The Touchpoints approach recognizes the process of disorganization and regression that occur during predictable times during a child's development- called “touchpoints.” These periods of disorganization often create increased stress and have the potential to derail family relationships. The Touchpoints approach views these times as important opportunities to connect and work alongside the family to support caregivers' emotional availability and sensitive responsiveness to their child. The Touchpoints approach helps reframe the disorganized times as necessary to healthy development and relationships as children mature. The interventions propel children's healthy development and build the internal capacity of—and strengthen the collaborative relationships among—families, parents, caregivers, providers, and communities.

What Do Providers Learn?

  • The impact of parent-child-provider relationships on a child’s development in the early years of life
  • Understanding the process of a child’s development and looking at how and why change in behavior occurs 
  • Strategies for forming a strength-based relationship with parents
  • A common language in creating a community where families feel supported to reach their fullest potential 

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center engages in three principal areas of activity that are critical to attaining our long-term vision: 

  1. Professional and Organizational Development 
  2. Knowledge Development 
  3. Advocacy and Awareness 

Who Should Attend:

This training is open to 18 professionals who work with WV Head Start, Early Head Start, OT, PT or Nursing for FREE (normally $600) - sponsored by IMPACT WV, WVITMHA, and WVU.

* If you are not able to attend after registering, PLEASE contact immediately so the spot can be filled.


Virtually via Zoom platform.


Weekly calls will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 12, 2024, followed by 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. sessions on September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, and November 14, 2024.

Monthly one-hour Reflection Practice calls will take place at 8:30 a.m. on December 12, January 9, 2025, February 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8, 2025.

Continuing Medical Education and Competencies:


"And the fact that the training series is taught by Brazelton trained West Virginia presenters Amanda Newhouse and Tina Antill-Keener makes it a truly engaging professional development experience!”

This training has been approved for 20.25 contact hours. Social work, STARS, OT, PT and Nursing credits approved.

  • Requirements to obtain credit: Complete pre-test and post-test; attend and participate in Sessions 1-10 and at least 4 of 6 reflective sessions. 
  • Training hours can be counted toward application for the WV Infant/Toddler Mental Health Endorsement. 

For more information about the Brazelton Touchpoints Training, visit For other questions, contact Sue Workman at 304-293-4692 or by email at

Register Here


This training can be provided for individual organizations who would like to sponsor a cohort of learners. For more information, contact Sue Workman at

Touchpoints Parenting Group
Coming Soon

What is it?

The Touch points Parenting Group is a FREE Strengths Based, Culturally Conscious, Developmentally Responsive, Relationship Focused, and Reflective Parenting Program designed to support positive parent-child relationships. Parents learn about their children and address issues facing their families.

What Do Families Learn?
5 Sessions 1.5 Hours Each

  • Session 1: Parenting Our Unique Child: Joys and Challenges

    Share the joys and challenges of parenting. Learn "What is a Touch point?" Discover its impact on your child's development. Develop strategies to navigate developmental and relational Touch points periods.

  • Session 2: Understanding Your Child's Development

    Continue to enhance your observational skills by identifying your child's temperament and your individual parenting style. Reflect on the relationship between personality, temperament and development.

  • Session 3: Exploring Our Family's Culture and Language

    Furthering our conversations on the uniqueness of our families, this session's focus is on culture. Discuss "What is culture?" Explore the relationship between language, communication and your child's emerging social skills.

  • Session 4: Nurturing and Caring for Our Children: Keeping Our Children Safe and Healthy

    Using the foundation of your personal experiences, cultural exploration and developmental knowledge shared in sessions 1-3, this session focuses on children's behavior as it relates to the Touchpoints that they are in. Reflect on how to keep our children safe and healthy.

  • Session 5: Discipline: Our Role as Parents over Time-Teachers and Guides

    This session incorporates all previous developmental concepts and relational strategies from sessions 1- 4. Explore discipline, self-regulation and limit-setting. Learn effective strategies to guide your children and help your child learn and practice self-regulation.

Who Should Attend?

Parents who have children birth to 5 years old who were exposed to substances during pregnancy.


To be determined.

Registration coming soon.